You need to figure out how many paper placemats you are going to make. For each placemat you make, you will at least two pieces of paper. One piece of heavy paper, a card stock or a poster board for instance and one piece of decorative paper, a scrapbooking paper for instance.
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Now you need to embellish the decorative paper. Using a pair of edge scissors, trim off around 1/4 inch of paper from all four sides. When you are done, the decorative paper will have pretty frilled edges. Decorative scissors can easily be purchased at a craft store.
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Using a scrapbook punch, punch holes around the edges of the decorative paper. Ideally, the holes should be around 2 inches apart from each other. You should choose the punch design according to the occasion for which you are making the placemats.
Now you need to stick together the decorative paper and the heavy paper. Using a foam brush, apply a thin uniform layer of glue to the back of the decorative paper. Do not use too much glue else it will spoil the placemat. Centre the decorative paper on the heavy paper. If you see any bubbles or wrinkles, smooth them out gently with your fingertips. Leave the placemat to dry for at least one hour.